Thu 05 Oct 2017

Hassan Hajjaj in Conversation with Ekow Eshun

Thu 05 Oct 2017
19.00 - 20.30
£12.00 / £10.00 concessions

Concession price tickets apply to over 60s, teachers, tutors, disabled, students, 12-16 year olds and registered unwaged. You will need to bring relevant ID to verify your status. 

Screening Room
South Wing

Coinciding with the launch of his new exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, join the visionary photographer as he explores his career so far.

Born in Larache Hassan Hajjaj moved to London aged 12, his distinctive work combines the cultures of these two global cities as well as aesthetic influences of commercial brands, identity and youth culture. His bold portraits draw on the personalities of the subject through his trademark visual prism using patterns, fabrics and recurring motifs to create works that are both familiar and unfamilar while being wholly unique. 

Hassan will be joined by writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster Ekow Eshun who has also contributed text to the exhibition catalogue which will be available to purchase on the night. The two will discuss the new solo exhibition, Hassan's first in the UK in seven years as well as his working process, the underlying themes and influences within the world of contemporary photography. 


About Hassan Hajjaj
Born 1961 in Larache, Morocco. Lives and works in London and Marrakesh. Hajjaj's work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; the Newark Museum, New Jersey; Lose Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Farjam Collection, Dubai; Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, and more.

About Ekow Eshun
Ekow Eshun is a writer and broadcaster. The former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he is Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing London's most significant public art project. He is a contributor to TV and radio shows including The Today programme, Saturday Review and Channel 4 News and his writing appears in publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, the New Statesman, Vogue and Wallpaper. His book, Black Gold of the Sun, was nominated for the Orwell Prize of political writing.